Curly Hair Bow Tutorial

2 Jan

I absolutely love putting bows and ribbons in FabDaughter’s hair.  She wears a hair accessory of some sort daily.  Purchasing them to match every outfit can get expensive, but here is a way to make your own curly hair bows for pretty cheap.  All you need is:

  • ¼ inch dowel cut into four 12 inch pieces (can be purchased at Home Depot)
  • 8 clothes pins
  • 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon
  • Alligator clip (I use 2.25 inch ones purchased at Michaels.)
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Fray Check (I use the Dritz brand.  It is around $4 but if you use a 40% off coupon at JoAnns or Michaels you can get it for cheaper.) Or you can substitute clear nail polish.
  • Fabric glue or hot glue
  • Cookie sheet and wax paper or foil


1)     Preheat oven to 300F.

2)     Place ribbon at the top of your dowel and secure with a clothes pin.

3)     Wrap the ribbon around the dowel making sure not to overlap the edges.  I wrap mine so the edges are just touching but if there is space between the edges that works fine too.

4)     Cut the ribbon when it reaches the bottom of the dowel and secure with another clothes pin.

5)     After you finish wrapping all your dowels, place them on a wax paper (or foil) lined cookie sheet.

6)    Bake for around 30 minutes.  Take cookie sheet out of the oven and let dowels cool.

7)    Cut a 5 inch long piece of ribbon to cover your alligator clip.

8)    Coat one side of the ribbon with fabric glue or use your hot glue gun and coat with hot glue.

9)     Start by putting the ribbon inside the alligator clip with the glue side facing up and stick ribbon to the clip wrapping it around the clip.  It should look like this:

10)    Unwrap dowels.

11)    Cut your korker ribbon into 3 inch pieces.

12)     Start placing cut ribbons onto your threaded needle making sure to keep the ribbon on the needle.    Arrange each ribbon into a different direction after you put it on the needle.  I used 10 ribbons for this hair bow but you can make yours as full as you want.

13)     Once you have all the ribbons you want to use arranged, then you can pull the needle through to make a stitch.  Make a couple stitches to secure all the ribbons into place.  Note: It may be hard to make the stitches because of the thickness of all the ribbons.

14)     After you have your ribbons secured, stitch them onto the ribbon that has been glued to the alligator clip.  Use about 4-5 stitches to really make it secure.

15)     Use Fray-Check (or clear nail polish) on the ends of each ribbon.

Voila!  Here is the finished product modeled by my lovely daughter:


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